Assuming that you *could* download with IE8 for a while...
1. Start Internet Explorer without add-ons from:
Right-click the IE icon on the desktop. Choose Start without add-ons.
Programs> Accessories> System tools> Internet Explorer (no add-ons)
If the problem goes away, you have an incompatible browser add-on installed.
For troubleshooting information see:
IEBlog Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer’s (No Add-ons) Mode:
928426- Internet Explorer 7 may exit immediately when it includes an add-on
Windows Vista Help- Internet Explorer add-ons frequently asked questions:
2. With the warning that a reset will delete autocomplete data, such as
passwords and you will have to reinstall or re-enable browser add-ons, work
through this article:
936213- How to optimize or reset Internet Explorer 7:
Useful for recovering stored passwords before you clear all stored login
IE PassView- NirSoft:
What a reset of IE settings will do:
Windows Vista Help- Reset Internet Explorer settings:
3. If you're running a third-party firewall or security suite with a
firewall, turn on the Windows Firewall (Control Panel. Windows Firewall) and
disable the third-party program to see if the issue resolves.If third-party
firewall is causing the problem, uninstalling/reinstalling that program may
Hope this helps,
[MS MVP- IE]
"philthethrill" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I can't download anything anymore from Internet Explorer. What should I
> This problem has been going on for the last several weeks. I'm using
> Internet Explorer 8. Do you think that could be the problem? I've been
> using Google Chrome instead for downloading stuff, and I'm having no
> with that.